GUNSIGHT ANTIQUES

Outstanding as a standalone example of early American country blacksmithing, an understanding of the artisan who left his name boldly set in the skillet’s iron handle, will be necessary to full appreciation of the old fry pan’s historic potential. Deeply set in the handle of this hand forged skillet is AMES a name that will ring true to the student of early American manufacturing as well as Mexican War and Civil War collector /historians. With a history too extensive to cite here, suffice it to say that it was as early as the later 1700s that blacksmith Oliver Ames set up his single forge shop in Massachusetts. Typical of the usual country blacksmith, in his early days, Ames would eak out a living fabricating all manner of iron tools and equipment from cooking grates and fry pans to door hinges, to farming and artisan tools. From here Oliver Ames’s would become the largest shovel manufacturer in the country. The Ames bloodline continued to expand in the foundry busuness to include John Ames in Chelmsford and John’s son N. P. Ames in old Springfield who would establish the Ames Sword Co. as the best known of Union Civil War contractors supplying all manner on military arms to the Union cause. (see: Sketches of the Old Inhabitants and Other Citizens of Old Springfield by Charles Wells Chapin ) This hand wrought skillet to include the AMES marked handle was blacksmith forged from a single piece of black iron. The bowl measures approximately 8 1/8 inches in diameter with an 8 ¾ inch handle. All remain in excellent original condition with a pleasing patina and good evidence of age and originality. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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